If you’re an alumnus of Merrill College or a media professional in the Baltimore-Washington region (or beyond!) and are interested in mentoring opportunities with the college, here are several to consider:
- Agree to sit in on a master’s committee in December or May for a graduating student. A week or two before the committee meeting, you’ll be given an electronic resume and portfolio of the student’s clips. You’ll be asked to review both and then come to the meeting with the student and several professors armed with constructive comments. Master’s students are given this feedback before they’re cleared to graduate. Interested? Contact Associate Dean Rafael Lorente.
- Volunteer to critique a resume and three to four published clips for a graduating undergraduate. A random sampling of undergraduates’ work will be evaluated by professionals during their last year in the college. Interested? Contact Assessment Director Chris Harvey.
- If you’re a newsroom internship coordinator, consider talking to our internship director, Adrianne Flynn, about publicizing your openings at Merrill College. And come chat with hundreds of our students at our annual fall Career Fair.
- Offer to speak to some of our student organizations – including the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (contact CNS-TV Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef; the student chapter of the Maryland Association of Black Journalists (contact Lecturer Cassandra Clayton; the UMD Chapter of the National Press Photographers Association (contact Lecturer Bethany Swain) or our two student sports organizations – AP Sports Editors (George Solomon) and Association of Women in Sports Media (Beth Mechum).
- Have other ideas? Let us know. Reach out to Associate Dean Rafael Lorente.